DAY 1, Thursday 15 September (ROOM 332, Building 40)

12:45: Welcome & Opening

13:00 – 14:30 Panel 1: Diplomacy & Peace

Chair: Alexander Spencer

  • Dimitra Laurence Larochelle (ONLINE) (Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France): Exercising diplomacy through popular culture? The reception of Turkish soap operas by Greeks
  • Zoë Jay (ONLINE) (University of Helsinki): “Be creative, be friends and share cultural experiences”: Politics and Culture at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
  • Frank Möller (PRESENCE) (Tampere University) & Rasmus Bellmer (Tampere University): Towards a typology of peace images
  • Alexa Walbrodt (PRESENCE): « Killing In the Name » – The power of music in the wrong hands

14:45 – 16:15 Panel 2: Humour

Chair: Morgane Desoutter

  • Marisol Espinosa Martinez, Mariam Ochkhikidze, Jan Günter Wessel and Alexander Spencer (University of Magdeburg) (PRESENCE): No Relief from War: The Use of Humour in Memes by the Government of Ukraine
  • Khadija El Alaoui, Mohammed Ali Fakhrulddin & Nour Dheyaa Mamdooh (American University of Iraq Sulaimani) (ONLINE): Laughing at Necropolitics: Making a Joke of the Oppressors
  • Daniel Beck (University of Magdeburg) (PRESENCE) & John Magnus R. Dahl (University of Bergen): Parodic Ethos: Popular Culture and the Authenticity of Populist Parodies
  • Alexa Walbrodt (PRESENCE): Comedyplomacy – creating mutual understanding through humour

16:30 – 18:00 Panel 3:(Re)creating Narratives

Chair: Daniel Beck

  • Gabriela Pancheva, Andrea Torresagaton Gil and Amri Azis Ardhela (ONLINE) (University of Magdeburg): “Russian Warship: Go Fuck Yourself”: Romantic Narratives of the Hero in the War on Ukraine
  • Jakub Zahora (PRESENCE) (Austrian Institute for International Affairs): Between Israel/Palestine and Rakhat: Fieldwork, Alienation and Writing
  • Kathryn Starnes (ONLINE) (Manchester Metropolitan University): Folklore and IR pedagogy as a creative practice
  • Anil Kaan Yildirim (ONLINE) (Leicester University): Recreation of Turkish Drone’s videos within Ukrainian Pop-Culture: Bayraktar

18:15 – 19:45 Roundtable: Spinning Off the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Chairs: Priya Dixit and Matt Davies

  • Priya Dixit, Virginia Tech University (ONLINE)
  • Matt Davies, Newcastle University (ONLINE)
  • Mori Ram, Newcastle University (ONLINE)
  • Danièle André, University of La Rochelle (PRESENCE)
  • Odin O Sullivan, University College Dublin (ONLINE)
  • Julian Schmid, Institute of International Relations Prague (PRESENCE)
  • Luisa de Mesquita, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (ONLINE)
  • Nicholas Kiersey, University of Texas Grand Valley (ONLINE)

20:00 – ?: Social Event

Drinks (and food) at Hummels Brauhaus (self-payed)

Otto-von-Guericke-Straße 104, 39104 Magdeburg

DAY 2, Friday 16 September (ROOM 332, Building 40)

9:00-10:30 Panel 4: Zombies, Superheroes and Neo-Ottomanism: Imagining New and Old

Chair: Julian Schmid

  • Megan A. Armstrong (ONLINE) (Liverpool John Moores University): Zombies that Matter: Gender, militarism, and ontological insecurity at the end of the world
  • Julian Schmid (PRESENCE) (Institute of International Relations Prague): Marvel, DC and the ‘War on Terror’: Reading post-‘9/11’ Security Discourses through Superhero films
  • Ceren Çetinkaya (PRESENCE) (Central European University): Visual Politics of Neo-Ottomanism: A Critical Approach to the Identity Representations of Turkishness
  • Jakub Zahora (PRESENCE) (Austrian Institute for International Affairs): “We let you live, and you wasted it”: The Ambiguous Politics of Revenge in The Last of Us Series

10:45-12:15 Panel 5: Militarism, WMDs & Neo-Liberalism

Chair: Morgane Desoutter

  • Julian Schmid (PRESENCE) (Institute of International Relations Prague) & Megan A. Armstrong (Liverpool John Moores University): “What are the Rules in Hell?”: Squid Game, neo-Liberalism and the Violence of Boredom and Abandonment
  • Gabi Schlag (University of Tübingen): Affective NATO – Exploring everyday militarism on social media (ONLINE)
  • Emily Faux (ONLINE) (University of Newcastle): Television, Security, and Vigil, how popular culture (re)constructs nuclear weapons
  • Jade Lopes (PRESENCE) (University of Magdeburg): Orientalist landscape – Depiction of Palestinian lands in the Israeli TV series Fauda

Lunch: 12:15-13:30

13:30-15:00 Panel 6: Gender, War and Violence

Chair: Jade Lopes

  • Laura Marcela Zuniga Ordonez (PRESENCE) (University of Magdeburg): Narcos Mexico: Female Agency and the Women of Juarez in Netflix’s Narconovelas
  • Morgane Desoutter (PRESENCE) (University of Magdeburg): Patriarchal embodiments: A post-structural feminist inquiry into the aesthetic regime of violence

15:15-16:45 Panel 7: Images, Imaginaries & Borders

Chair: Laura Marcela Zuñiga Ordoñez

  • Gemma Bird (ONLINE) (University of Liverpool) & Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik (Aston University): Archives of Border Crossing. Crafting emotional proximity and distance on the walls of Athens
  • Laura Holderied (PRESENCE) (UN University Bonn): Visual border politics. Imag(inari)es of inclusion/exclusion during Germany’s ‘long summer of migration’ 2015
  • Simon Philpott (ONLINE) (Newcastle University): Conflict Imaginaries: Provocations from Indonesia
  • Andréa Noël (PRESENCE) (University of Magdeburg): The Drone Gaze – A Critical Viewing of the Film Eye in the Sky

17:00-18:30 Panel 8 The Science Fiction of Climate Change

Chair: Andréa Noël

  • Rhea Rush (PRESENCE) (University of Magdeburg): “Everything about the Jem’Hadar Is Deadly”: Echoes of “Othering” in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and American Foreign Policy
  • Cahir O’Doherty (PRESENCE) (University of Groningen): Cinema and the construction of security threats and security solutions to the climate crisis
  • Danièle André (PRESENCE) (La Rochelle Université): “The politics of war and reconstruction in science fiction comic books”
  • Charlotte Gehrke (PRESENCE) (Nord University): The Daily Show’s Climate Change Coverage

19:00 – late: Optional Social Event


During the Peace and Conflict Studies Master seminar on Visuality and Warfare, students were asked to produce a foto-essay. The foto-essays of the students will be exhibited during the conference. The themes approached by the students target the visualization of memorialization and the everyday visuality of the World War II in Magdeburg, instances of visual support to Ukraine expressed accross various EU countries, as well as everyday images from Ukraine shortly after its invasion by Russia.

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